While skin of all ages is beautiful, time can dim your glow. Help keep your complexion plump, bright, and smooth by minimizing these habits that can cause premature skin aging. 1. Persistently Rubbing Your Eyes Can Cause Dark Circles and Fine Lines Under-eye bags are part of the natural aging process, and occur when muscles around the eyes weaken, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
For most people, rubbing the eyes isn’t a problem and won’t cause any permanent side effects, says Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and the author of The Pro-Aging Playbook. But continuous eye rubbing can create an issue by increasing inflammation in the area, according to Mount Sinai. “Constantly rubbing your eyes can affect the lines around your eyes,” says Tanya Nino, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and the melanoma program director at Providence St. Joseph in Orange County, California. She often sees this become a problem for patients with eczema, who may excessively rub their eyes because of itchiness and irritation. Dr. Nino says there’s even a name for these bags and wrinkles: Dennie-Morgan lines, which can look almost like a black eye, according to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. That’s not all. “Pulling, tugging, and rubbing on delicate skin around the eyes can cause darkness,” says Jeanine B. Downie, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, a coauthor of Beautiful Skin of Color, and the director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey. Skin solutions Figure out why you’re rubbing your eyes. According to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, the most common cause of eye itching (and excessive eye rubbing) is allergies, so visit an allergist to diagnose and treat symptoms. Nino advises that if it is in fact eczema that’s causing discomfort, a dermatologist can tell you about your treatment options. RELATED: How to Get Rid of Dark Circles and Puffiness Under Your Eyes
2. Not Getting Enough Sleep Disrupts Skin Renewal Sleep is essential for energy, concentration — and complexion. “At night, skin goes into a renewal state,” says Jeannette Graf, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Skimping on sleep can show on your face over time. A study published in January 2015 in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology involving 60 women found that poor sleep (defined as five hours or less) was linked to increased signs of aging, poorer skin barrier function, and lower satisfaction with appearance. Skin solutions To get enough sleep, follow these four tips from the National Sleep Foundation:
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every